Acupuncture has been used as a kind of medicine in China for more than 2,000 years. In Western cultures, it has been welcomed and accepted. The foundation of acupuncture is the belief that illness results from an obstructed or unbalanced flow of life energy, or qi. Certain body spots can be stimulated to repair issues, reduce pain, and improve health.

Utilizing specialised methods and an all-encompassing approach, acupuncturists evaluate and diagnose patients. They take into account a patient’s vitality as well as their overall physical, mental, and emotional health. Through the patient’s primary care physician, they may also schedule testing (such blood work or x-rays).

Acupuncturists choose which body points to stimulate, how, and for how long after diagnosing the issue. A few hair-thin needles may be inserted at specific bodily locations as part of the treatment. They might also employ more conventional forms of therapy (such as moxibustion, cupping, and tuina massage). Acupuncturists may also advise taking herbal supplements, being active, or making dietary adjustments

Average Hourly


Range Hourly

$25.00 – $46.15

Average Yearly


Range Yearly

$48,750 – $90,000

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Generally, to register as an acupuncturist (see Certification Requirements below) a person must successfully complete an approved program of studies (or equivalent) and have at least 500 hours of practice within the previous 2 years.

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Acupuncturists typically practise alone or in partnerships with other healthcare professionals like family doctors or chiropractors in private clinics. Some acupuncturists have contracts with their clients. Several are workers. Building a bigger, more successful practise is typically the path to advancement.

One to two years of relevant experience.

Doctor of Acupuncture program (3 years diploma) in Alberta College of Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture Diploma at McEwan University

Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture at the Kwantlen Polytechnic University, British Columbia

Acupuncturists must be comfortable with people, excelling at both verbal and written communication. Most importantly, they must have a genuine desire to meet and exceed the needs of their clients.

Acupuncturists may spend a lot of time standing while working in offices and treatment centres. They might work certain evenings or weekends for the convenience of their clientele.

Weights up to 10 kg are frequently handled by acupuncturists. Patients might need to be lifted or moved by them (for example, from wheelchair to treatment table). They are required to adhere to rigorous handling, disposal, and needle hygiene standards. It is conceivable that you will encounter biohazards (such blood).

The majority of acupuncturists establish private offices or work in clinics alongside other medical professionals. Others work in marketing, government, education, research and development, or consulting.

Registration as an Acupuncturist requires: (1) successful completion of an approved program of studies or equivalent qualifications, (2) successful completion of an approved examination, and (3) at least 500 hours of practice within the two years prior to application, or equivalent qualifications. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the provincial regulatory body’s website, such as College of Acupuncturists of Alberta for Acupuncturists in Alberta.